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Classic calculators refreshed in utility upgrade for Windows Phone

Published by at 12:28 UTC, September 3rd 2014

Previously ‘Casio’ and then ‘Nokia Scientific’, as prefixes, this utility has now settled on, simply, ‘Classic Calculator’ for its big new version 1.2. If, like me, you had an affinity for a specific calculator that got you through school, then take a look below and see if this rings any bells. And all on your Windows Phone.

From the current Store description:

Powerful simulator of the classic calculators for Nokia and Windows Phone terminals. With advanced features and very easy to use.

* Percentages
* Memories
* Trig functions in degrees, radians or grads
* Scientific.
* Skins
* Sounds
* Vibration

And, in case you’d been following this application through previous iterations, here’s what’s new:

  • Added a free calc version.
  • Key sound selection
  • New window with new changes info
  • Min key is fixed
  • Key sound is now on press tap
  • Added copy to clipboard

The end result is rather spooky to see on your phone screen, especially given the form factor similarities between these calculators and modern portrait-mode smartphones. 

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

The graphical maps/skins are impressive, and 99% of functions just… work, as on the original devices.

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

On the menu are links to all the other calculators and skins; (right) Hello Kitty, anyone?

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

Something basic and office-like, and something deliberately ‘cheap and Chinese'(!)

The developer does say that there’s still work to do, namely:

  • implement arithmetic precedence operators
  • fix grades button
  • fix parenthesis button
  • support for new screen resolutions
  • add new modes/skins

A terrific work in progress and a jolly useful trip down memory lane. You can grab Classic Calculator in the Store here.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Classic calculators refreshed in utility upgrade for Windows Phone

Published by at 12:28 UTC, September 3rd 2014

Previously ‘Casio’ and then ‘Nokia Scientific’, as prefixes, this utility has now settled on, simply, ‘Classic Calculator’ for its big new version 1.2. If, like me, you had an affinity for a specific calculator that got you through school, then take a look below and see if this rings any bells. And all on your Windows Phone.

From the current Store description:

Powerful simulator of the classic calculators for Nokia and Windows Phone terminals. With advanced features and very easy to use.

* Percentages
* Memories
* Trig functions in degrees, radians or grads
* Scientific.
* Skins
* Sounds
* Vibration

And, in case you’d been following this application through previous iterations, here’s what’s new:

  • Added a free calc version.
  • Key sound selection
  • New window with new changes info
  • Min key is fixed
  • Key sound is now on press tap
  • Added copy to clipboard

The end result is rather spooky to see on your phone screen, especially given the form factor similarities between these calculators and modern portrait-mode smartphones. 

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

The graphical maps/skins are impressive, and 99% of functions just… work, as on the original devices.

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

On the menu are links to all the other calculators and skins; (right) Hello Kitty, anyone?

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

Something basic and office-like, and something deliberately ‘cheap and Chinese'(!)

The developer does say that there’s still work to do, namely:

  • implement arithmetic precedence operators
  • fix grades button
  • fix parenthesis button
  • support for new screen resolutions
  • add new modes/skins

A terrific work in progress and a jolly useful trip down memory lane. You can grab Classic Calculator in the Store here.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Classic calculators refreshed in utility upgrade for Windows Phone

Published by at 12:28 UTC, September 3rd 2014

Previously ‘Casio’ and then ‘Nokia Scientific’, as prefixes, this utility has now settled on, simply, ‘Classic Calculator’ for its big new version 1.2. If, like me, you had an affinity for a specific calculator that got you through school, then take a look below and see if this rings any bells. And all on your Windows Phone.

From the current Store description:

Powerful simulator of the classic calculators for Nokia and Windows Phone terminals. With advanced features and very easy to use.

* Percentages
* Memories
* Trig functions in degrees, radians or grads
* Scientific.
* Skins
* Sounds
* Vibration

And, in case you’d been following this application through previous iterations, here’s what’s new:

  • Added a free calc version.
  • Key sound selection
  • New window with new changes info
  • Min key is fixed
  • Key sound is now on press tap
  • Added copy to clipboard

The end result is rather spooky to see on your phone screen, especially given the form factor similarities between these calculators and modern portrait-mode smartphones. 

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

The graphical maps/skins are impressive, and 99% of functions just… work, as on the original devices.

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

On the menu are links to all the other calculators and skins; (right) Hello Kitty, anyone?

Screenshot, Classic CalculatorScreenshot, Classic Calculator

Something basic and office-like, and something deliberately ‘cheap and Chinese'(!)

The developer does say that there’s still work to do, namely:

  • implement arithmetic precedence operators
  • fix grades button
  • fix parenthesis button
  • support for new screen resolutions
  • add new modes/skins

A terrific work in progress and a jolly useful trip down memory lane. You can grab Classic Calculator in the Store here.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Never mind the new Lumia 630, get the Lumia 625 ‘upgrade’!

Published by at 17:11 UTC, June 17th 2014

Every so often the vagaries of a manufacturer’s output and pricing system throw up anomalies – and, fresh from my review of the Nokia Lumia 630, I’d argue that the 630 is just such an anomalous point. So much so that the year old Lumia 625 is a much better overall package, I’d argue. It’s possible that you’ve spotted this from the spec tables yourself, but just in case the penny hadn’t dropped, I present a selective comparison below. Lumia 625 for the win!

When it comes to budget Windows Phones, the Lumia range is pretty good, with the new 630 coming in a great sub-£100 price on pay as you go in the UK, for example, while offering a lot for your money. However, I contend that you can do better – quite a bit better, by picking up the year old Lumia 625, widely available for quite a bit less than the new 630 in most markets.

Lumia 625 and 630

Here’s what you need to know, i.e. the bits in the spec tables that are different:

Attribute Lumia 625 Lumia 630 Comments
Screen size (diagonal, inches) 4.7″ 4.5″ In fact, the difference in screen sizes (for not that different a form factor) is more significant, since the 4.5″ also includes a quarter of an inch for the compulsory virtual controls.
Screen resolution 480 x 800 480 x 854 The extra pixels are used, effectively, for the virtual Windows Phone controls.
Screen technology LCD LCD with anti-reflection lamination Note that, as per my editorial, I’m not calling the 630’s screen ClearBlack Display, since it doesn’t deserve the term. In practice, the 630’s screen is better outdoors than the 625 from some angles, while from others there really isn’t much difference, as shown below.
Weight 159g 134g 25g difference is significant, but it’s personal preference as to which is better – they both feel good in the hand.
Controls Capacitive Virtual The advantage of capacitive controls, of course, is that you get to use all the screen for content, i.e. there’s no wasted bezel at the bottom of the phone face. Definitely another point in the 625’s favour.
Connectivity 4G (LTE) 3G only The 625 was the first budget Windows Phone to have 4G, I believe, and, a year later, the 630 ships without it. Yes, some 630 variants (with different model numbers) in other markets have 4G shoehorned in, but this doesn’t help the Western market device here.
Light sensor Ambient none Making a surprising difference, the absence of a light sensor means that there’s no ‘Auto brightness’ feature in the Lumia 630. In contrast, as on most other smartphones, the 625’s screen auto-dims and brightnens, according to conditions.
Video capture 1080p 720p Don’t expect too much from either device, but the higher resolution capture might be important to some, on the 625.
Camera flash/video light LED none Not having a flash for the camera on the 630 is a little odd. Yes, LED-lit photos rarely come out well, but every little helps in the evening and indoors. Plus you get to use the LED for torch duties, with the appropriate utility.
Front facing camera Yes none Another bizarre omission on the 630, the 625’s front facing camera is great for Skype video calls. And er…. selfies! 
Camera shutter button Yes none Not just useful for taking photos (with a full two-stage focus action), this button on the Lumia 625 also can be long pressed, to launch your chosen camera application while removing the phone from your pocket, for example. 
Battery 2000mAh (integral) 1830mAh (removeable) Pros and cons here, of course, with higher capacity also coming with the caveat that you can’t replace it.  

Lumia 625 and 630

Out in bright light, the ‘CBD'(-lite) ‘lamination’ of the 630’s screen has a slight difference. And I mean slight….

A scan down my makeshift ‘differences’ table shows pretty clearly that the 625 outguns the 630 in almost every department. Hand me both smartphones and ask me to pick one and I’d take the 625 like a shot. Add in that it’s now cheaper and the deal really is sealed.

And yes, I know that the 630 has a newer Snapdragon chipset inside – but it makes no difference whatsoever to features or user experience. (RAM and capacity are the same, of course, not being listed above.)

Of course, the 630’s price will also drop – we may see it being sold at £59.95 on pay as you go in the UK before the end of 2014, changing the equations again (though at that price, there really is nowhere for a potential ‘530’ to appear!)

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What then can we conclude in all this? That Microsoft and Nokia have dropped the ball with the Lumia 630? Not really – the 630 remains great value for money. But, over and above that, the 625 is now even better value for money and worth seeking out at the price quoted above. With a year old device, most shops and operators around the world will now be selling the 625 off cheaply, SIM-free and on pay as you go, and the 625 makes a cracking beginner’s (or backup, perhaps?) smartphone. Seek one out, if you can!

Lumia 625 and 630

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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CoPilot adds CommuteMe in big v9.6 upgrade

Published by at 14:31 UTC, May 16th 2014

ALK has announced a multi-platform update to is commercial GPS navigation suite, CoPilot. The main improvement for v9.6 is ‘CommuteMe’, a somewhat terrible name for a function which is, arguably, already in HERE Drive+ on the platform for free. However, CoPilot does add smarter and better POI searching and, so far, better voice commands while navigating. See below for the changelog.

Version 9.5 was covered here, from the end of last year. Six months on, we have this post from ALK:

…a new update for its family of CoPilot mobile GPS navigation apps, available to all 10-million CoPilot users worldwide. CoPilot v9.6 introduces CommuteMe™ to reduce driver commute times, a new easy to use drag-and-drop trip planning tool and enhanced Point-of-Interest (POI) search along your route.

New features in CoPilot v9.6 include:

CommuteMe

CommuteMe takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

Drag-and-Drop Trip Planning

CoPilot v9.6 makes planning multiple stop trips easy with a new drag-and-drop trip editing tool. CoPilot’s unique trip optimization technology can also automatically re-sequence stops into the most efficient route.

Intelligent POI Search On Your Route

CoPilot’s new smarter POI search finds all the useful places you need on the road ahead, based on your route and the direction you’re traveling, rather than by simple geographic proximity. It avoids unnecessary detours to places off-route or behind you, saving time and fuel.

Windows Phone 8 Voice Command Support

For Windows Phone 8 users only. CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

The CoPilot North America apps also now include the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

CoPilot v9.6 is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users. CoPilot GPS is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. A 14 day free tial of voice navigation is also included, with an in-app payment allowing you to upgrade to unlimited voice guided navigation.

The company also expanded a little on CommuteMe:

We all know a certain way we like to take to and from work. But even our favorite route can be tricky. If you leave one minute too late, you can be stuck in traffic for what feels like forever.

With our new feature CommuteMe™, we learned your preferred route and we’re giving you traffic data* and the ETA before you start the long drive to a long work day. Take our word for it – you won’t have to stress until after you’ve sat at your desk and read your email. Check out how to set up CommuteMe in your CoPilot.

DrivingToWork-Device-Wireframes

CoPilot is an application that we’ve never reviewed here on AAWP, mainly because of the inherent cost and duplication of Nokia’s built-in navigation suite, but comments welcome as to its efficacy. Or shout if you have been using this for a while and fancy attempting a full review!

Source / Credit: ALK

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